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Heavy-hitting holdovers Foxcatcher, The Theory Of Everything and Birdman were robust in expansion in the specialty release side of the box office this weekend. Meanwhile, a pair of limited-release newcomers, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night and doc Monk With A Camera – both Kino Lorber releases – bowed with solid numbers.
A Girl, Ana Lily Amirpour’s self-described “Iranian vampire Western” that debuted at Sundance, opened in two theaters in New York and L.A., grossing $26K, for a $13K average.
Kino Lorber also opened Monk With A Camera, Guido Santi and Tina Mascara’s documentary, with an exclusive run at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in an 85-seat theater that had sell-out showings. The film grossed $10K Friday to Sunday.
- Brian Brooks
I went to elementary school with a girl whose dad was a member of the popular ‘80s band Devo. My schoolmates and I couldn’t help but ask her, all too often, if her dad still liked to “whip it, whip it good.” And that was about a decade and a half after the release of that song. I can’t imagine how mind-blowing it would have been as a kid to go to school with a girl whose father is a major part of the biggest film franchise in the world right now. A young boy who went to preschool with the daughter of Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers’ Bruce Banner/Hulk) was thrown into this situation. Ruffalo went on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and related the story and explained what he did when the boy asked him if he could turn into the Hulk. Egged on by his own daughter, »
- Eli Reyes
Musical chairs ... with a beer-drinking twist!Mark Ruffalo and Stephen Merchant stopped by "The Tonight Show" on Thursday, where they battled host Jimmy Fallon and The Roots' Tariq in a messy game of "Musical Beers." "The game works like musical chairs, but instead of diving into empty chairs, we're grabbing these red cups of beer," Fallon explained to the players. "While the music's playing, we'll walk in a circle around the table; when the music stops, everyone has to grab a cup," he continued. "After each round, there will be one person left empty-handed."The contestants started to circle the table, and when the music stopped, there was a mad dash for the cups of beer -- and it got messy!Check out the video above to see who was accused of having a "drinking problem" due to his competitiveness! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Now playing in limited release is one of my favorite films of 2014: director Bennett Miller's (Moneyball, Capote) Foxcatcher. With career best performances and phenomenal direction, the film tells the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), and their troubled relationship with eccentric millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell). The film also stars Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave, and Anthony Michael Hall. For more on Foxcatcher, watch the trailer, read Matt's review, or click here for all our previous coverage. At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive interview with Bennett Miller. He talked about the long editing process, how his first cut was over four hours, shooting on film, producer Megan Ellison (who deserves a huge thank you from all of us for supporting films like this) and the way she likes to collaborate, and a lot more. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Chicago – In the memorable film “Barton Fink,” the title character is asked to write a wrestling movie for Wallace Beery. If Fink had isolated himself long enough, he might have come up with “Foxcatcher,” demonstrating once again that a true story is much stranger than fiction.
Directed by Bennett Miller (“Capote”), the film is a dreamy nightmare, if that contradiction in terms can be used a descriptive. It is quietly weird, featuring performances from three popular actors – Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo – that stretch them beyond anything else they’ve ever done. The story of one of the wealthiest men in the world, John du Pont (of the du Pont chemical dynasty), as he tries to grasp some kind of identity and acceptance, is proof that no one gets out of their lives without some connection to the very emotions that can uplift or destroy them. The »
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Last night, The Tonight Show launched a new game. Everyone, meet "Musical Beers"—the perfect crossover between beer pong and musical chairs. And yes, it's exactly what it sounds like. To kick off the new game, Jimmy Fallon invited guest Mark Ruffalo, along with Stephen Merchant, out for some very messy fun before very quickly knocking Merchant out of the competition. Yeah, things get competitive. »
- Samantha Highfill
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
It's our favorite time of year: the time in which Jimmy Kimmel has celebrities read mean tweets about themselves! The eighth installment of this classic bit is officially here for you to watch and re-watch, so please sit back and enjoy the likes of Lisa Kudrow reading "I hope you all have a great weekend. Except you, Lisa Kudrow."
The boys of "One Direction" hit up "Kimmel," and Jimmy wasted no time asking them a series of rapid-fire questions, including: "which of you is most likely to disappear for a couple days? Also, shout out to Zayn's man bun.
- Mehera Bonner
• Penelope Cruz will star opposite Ben Stiller in Zoolander 2. Stiller is directing from a script by Justin Theroux, and will produce alongside Stuart Cornfeld for Red Hour. Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson are rumored to be reprising their roles as Mugatu and Hansel, respectively. [Deadline] • Mel Gibson and Andrew Garfield are in talks for the World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge. Gibson would direct the film with Garfield in the role of Private First Class Desmond T. Doss, a war hero who won the Congressional Medal of Honor, two Bronze Stars, and three Purple Hearts. Doss saved 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa, »
- C. Molly Smith
“I think that we could all do with a healthy dose of disillusionment,” remarks director Bennett Miller while recently speaking in Chicago about his new film Foxcatcher. It’s a statement delivered with his zen garden-like tone (Mark Ruffalo’s words, not mine), and with truth concerning his dramatic pursuits as a storyteller. Foxcatcher, like his previous projects Capote and Moneyball, explores characters and systems that audiences may recognize, but with dramatic ambition then seeks to unravel it in a colder light.
A riveting true story about Olympic wrestling brothers Mark and David Schultz (Channing Tatum and Ruffalo, respectively) and the billionaire who wanted to own their glory (Steve Carell), Foxcatcher is an observational drama on the morose results of the American Dream, and the ideals that create selfish ambition. Miller is certainly aiming high with his material, and mostly achieves this desired prominence with the help of larger-than-life performances. »
- Nick Allen
Take another look @ set footage of 'Captain America' (Chris Evans) from the South Korean set of director Joss Whedon's Marvel Studios production' "Avengers Age of Ultron", currently in post-production:
The film is scripted and directed by Joss Whedon and features an ensemble cast that also includes Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and James Spader.
Note the stylized 'A' of the "Avengers" logo is now emblazoned on the left shoulder of the updated 'Captain America' costume.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Avengers: Age Of Ultron"...
- Michael Stevens
You’ve got to check out this great fan-made trailer that mashes together Wes Anderson’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox and the upcoming Steve Carrell dramatic thriller, Foxcatcher. It’s called "The Fantastic Mr. Foxcatcher," and it was created by Youtube user Jonathan Hartwig. The result turned out pretty damn funny. Here's the caption that came along with the video:
Wes Anderson has truly outdone himself. See the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion Mark Schultz who decides to get justice after schizophrenic John duPont killed his brother, Olympic Champion Dave.
I saw Foxcatcher last weekend, and it was a really great film. The acting from Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum especially was incredible. It was such an intense story, and the audio from it really gives a very different, tense vibe to The Fantastic Mr. Fox.
- Joey Paur
Now that quirky "Foxcatcher" has thrived at the major film festivals (winning Best Director at Cannes) and survived film critics (scoring 85% at RottenTomatoes), it looks like it is about to scale the third hurdle on the way to serious Oscar contention: box office. Last weekend it only opened in six theaters in limited release, but it earned $45,146 per screen. That's cool. See how our 25 Oscar Experts rank contenders in all top categories -Break- Currently, our 25 Oscar experts predict it will score six nominations: Best Picture, Director (Bennett Miller), Actor (Steve Carell), Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo), Original Screenplay and Makeup. The 16 Experts who bet it will make the Best Picture list (assuming there will be 10 nominees): Ed Douglas (Comingsoon), Thom Geier, Mike Hogan (Vanity Fair), Dave Karger (Fandango), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Mary Milliken (Reuters), Steve Pond (The Wrap), Janelle Ri...' »
Jose here. When I learned I would be talking to Begin Again director John Carney, I had to promise myself that my interview wouldn't just consist of me begging him to reshoot that scene where Greta (Keira Knightley) and Dan (Mark Ruffalo) put on their headphones and walk through NYC, using me and Keira...
...because as magical movie moments go, that one takes the crown this year. You'll be relieved to hear that I did talk to him about other things when we spoke about Begin Again, which is now out on DVD. We even get the last word on which songs will be campaigned for Oscar nominations.
Jose: Begin Again is actually the only film that I paid to see more than once in movie theaters this year...
John Carney: Sorry, can you say that once more, I didn’t hear you.
Jose: Yeah sure, I was just »
Chicago – There are many categories of film director types – facilitators, tacticians, framers, to name a few – but there are few real artists. Bennett Miller has guided three films in his career, “Capote,” “Moneyball” and his latest “Foxcatcher.” All three have a purposeful artistry, and explore the soul within the humanity it portrays.
Having brought on that analysis, Bennett Miller is also a pragmatist, who can’t reconcile some of the interpretations involved in the following interview – which also sets him uniquely apart. He was born in New York City, and in his youth knew both writer Dan Futterman – who fashioned the story for “Foxcatcher” – and the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who magnificently portrayed Truman Capote in Miller’s 2005 directorial debut, “Capote.” Miller next took on the complex “Moneyball,” and made it into a baseball movie that communicated more about the game than past films that dealt directly with the sport. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Take another look @ images from the recently wrapped set of the "Avengers" sequel, "Avengers: Age Of Ultron", including actress Elzabeth Olsen as 'Scarlet Witch', actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson as 'Quicksilver', plus stunt doubles for 'Captain America', 'Thor' and 'Iron Man':
Scripted and directed by Joss Whedon, the new film features an ensemble cast that also includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and James Spader:
"...'Age Of Ultron' reportedly opens immediately after the 'Baron Von Strucker' post credit scene in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'.
"'The Avengers' as a team attack the 'Hydra' cell run by Strucker.
"He has the staff of 'Loki', 'Chitauri' weaponry and the corpse of a 'Leviathan'.
"'Quicksilver' and 'Scarlet Witch' fight alongside Strucker against the Avengers...
"...Scarlet Witch using her powers to cast »
- Michael Stevens
Trevor Hogg chats with Bobby Bukowski about a busy year of collaborating with four different filmmakers who each had a separate cinematic project…
One cannot accuse Bobby Bukowski of having a boring life as he went from studying Biochemistry with the intention of pursuing a medical career to a photographer’s assistant in Paris which resulted in him documenting a pilgrimage of sacred sites led by the Dalai Lama to being a bike messenger while obtaining his Master of Fine Arts degree to a cinematographer. “It’s been a good life,” observes the native of New York City who has also taught at New York University TishAsia campus located in Singapore. “The question that always arises from curious minds is, ‘Why do you do it that way?’ The academic query is a pertinent one. “It’s good to remind oneself to throw everything up in the air and say, ‘What »
- Trevor Hogg
Most real actors would rather do a West End play than appear in a major Hollywood blockbuster.
Does that surprise anyone? Is this a statement that would normally send cold shivers down the spine of those who read it? Idris Elba dropped a truth bomb this week, pointing out some of the ridiculousness of modern movie making. Strapped into a harness for hours, dangled back and forth against a green screen, being yelled direction through a bullhorn. I doubt this is what anyone attended the Royal Shakespeare Company for.
The very obvious truth is that actors do blockbuster movies for the career bump and sometimes the pay check. The popular quote for popular actors is “one for them, one for you”. You do the studio movie to get paid, which allows you to do the »
- Anghus Houvouras
The Avengers is a critically acclaimed and financial masterpiece by most accounts, leaving many to feel that it is a flawless piece of cinema. It is the third highest grossing film of all time (without adjusting for inflation) and is part of the ever expanding McU. It has received unparalleled levels of success in the comic book movie genre, and it is responsible for Hollywood’s sudden infatuation with shared universes.
The star studded cast of Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and countless others seemed to ensure that the film would be immaculate and nearly perfect.
This is not quite the case. There are many issues which are not evident on the first viewing, but the more you watch it, the more you realise that there are a plethora of plot holes, poor plot choices or simply a lack of character development. »
- Samuel Clements
If you've seen the trailer for Foxcatcher, you know the new release is a tragic tale of murder, but do you know the true story behind the film? Steve Carell stars as John du Pont, a millionaire widely known for the murder of freestyle wrestler David Schultz (Mark Ruffalo). Channing Tatum stars as David's brother, Mark, who wrote an autobiography about the events. The movie features some of the best performances of the year, but before you head to the theater, you might want to get the facts of the twisted case. Source: Sony Pictures Classics Who Was John du Pont? Carell's character is based on John Eleuthère du Pont, one of the members of the prominent du Pont family. He was worth approximately $250 million thanks to his family's fortune from the chemical business. An author and philanthropist, du Pont built a wrestling facility called Foxcatcher Farm (hence the movie »
A slew of awards hopefuls debuted at the specialty box office this weekend — and the big winner was Bennett Miller's biopic, Foxcatcher. The Sony Pictures Classics release, starring Channing Tatum as Olympic wrestling champion Mark Schultz and Steve Carell as his fanatical millionaire coach John du Pont, grossed $288,000 from six theaters for a rousing location average of $48,019, one of the best showings of the year and Miller's best for a limited debut. Read more Beers With Channing Tatum: 'Magic Mike Xxl' Reveals and Why He Put His Head Through a Wall Mark Ruffalo and Vanessa
- Pamela McClintock
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